STOP THIS MADNESS
Government wants cars manufactured before 1977 to be MoT free – and the consultation into this has reopened. Time to have your say!
CCW is calling on readers to help end the MoT madness surrounding classic cars by contributing to an online consultation into the extension of the exemption from roadworthiness testing. The snag is, the consultation is only open until 2 November
The Department for Transport is mooting a consultation on roadworthiness testing for vehicles of historic interest – with the aim that vehicles made more than 40 years ago will not need an annual inspection. This would lead to a further 331,000 cars registered between 1960 and 1977 being exempted from mandatory annual testing.
The Government cites the reason for the consultation as ‘due to EU Directive changes’. These new rules allow member states to exempt vehicles of historical interest ( VHIs) from testing if they are at least 30 years old, no longer in production, and have not had substantial changes made to them.
A spokesperson explains: ‘Despite the UK’s choice to leave the EU on 23 June, until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains part of the EU with all the rights and obligations. During this period the Government will continue to implement and apply EU legislation. The outcome of these negotiations will determine what arrangements apply in relation to EU legislation once the UK has left the EU.’
In its propositions, the Government says there are five potential outcomes. Number five is the most worrying. It suggests exempting 30-year-old cars from mandatory annual testing.
‘It’s dangerous – rank stupidity’
These proposed reforms have been condemned by many experts and are already being referred to as a major step back in safety.
CCW’s technical guru Fuzz Townshend says: ‘This looks 90% done, and it’s dangerous. Let’s get our acts together and make sure our cars are up to scratch.’
Markets editor Richard Barnett adds: ‘ Words fail me. It’s absolutely mad – rank stupidity.’
However, Sir Greg Knight MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group welcomes the proposal. He says: ‘The modern MoT test is increasingly unsuitable for classics. Owners will remain responsible for seeing that their historic vehicle remains roadworthy. It makes sense to move towards one date for defining a historic vehicle.’
The DfT claims that registered vehicles between 40 and 56 years old were involved in 263 accidents that led to an injury in 2014. You can read the Government’s consultation proposals online.